Dienhart: 12/31 Rose Bowl Notebook

LOS ANGELES – A win in the 98th Rose Bowl would serve as missing validation Wisconsin and Oregon have been searching for in recent years. Each program has league championships and myriad victories to show off over the last 10-12 years. But BCS bowl victories?

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Northwestern rally falls short against Texas A&M

(AP) Ryan Tannehill threw for 329 yards and a touchdown and Ben Malena ran for two more scores to lead Texas A&M to a 33-22 win over Northwestern on Saturday in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Northwestern led 7-3 early in the second quarter before A&M reeled off 27 straight points to take a decisive lead and then fight off a late rally to capture its first bowl victory since 2001.Texas A&M broke a five-game bowl losing streak in a win the team dedicated to fired coach Mike Sherman and offensive lineman Joseph Villavisencio, who was killed in a car accident last week. Northwestern hasn’t won a bowl game since the 1949 Rose Bowl, a span of nine losses. Read the full AP recap, get Tom Dienhart’s reaction, see box score and the play-by-play and check out our photo gallery.

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Photos: 2011 Car Care Bowl

We posted some of the best photos from the Meineke Car Care Bowl between Northwestern and Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies held off the Wildcats, 33-22. Read the AP recap and see the entire galley in this post. All photos courtesy of U.S. Presswire.

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Big Ten Geeks: IU, MSU Trade Blows Like True Heavyweights

The conference season is officially underway, as every B1G team has played a game (isn’t that 12-team balance nice?). Let’s take a look at the opening performances from Wednesday and Thursday.

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Big Ten Bowls Roll On With 2 More Today

The Big Ten stands at 1-1 in college football bowls so far thanks to Purdue’s wild win and Iowa’s tough loss. Today, Northwestern takes on Texas A&M while Illinois faces UCLA. Our college football bowl schedule is a good place to keep track of all the action, and you can track today’s games on our Big Ten college football bowl scoreboard, too.

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